Brandeis Magazine

Winter 2023/2024

Full Issue

Feature Stories

Charles Golden walks through the jungle

Archaeologist Charles Golden, P’28, reclaims a lost civilization hidden in a Mexican jungle.

Sidebar Story: How Did Ancient Maya Civilization End?

Illustration of a person looking at a black and white photograph

Four gifted storytellers explain how Brandeis shaped their lives and careers.

Jewish police at a displaced persons camp restrain a man

Did the Jewish honor courts established after World War II punish Nazi collaborators fairly? Or did they revictimize Jews who had been caught in an impossible bind?

Arts and Culture

Illustration of a vintage robot generating text coming out of its mouth

A Q&A with linguist Naomi Baron ’68 on the threats posed by ChatGPT.

Sidebar Story: ‘By Circuits Deftly Spun’

Brad Mahlof wearing an apron

A Libyan Jewish home cook wins PBS’ “The Great American Recipe.”

Sidebar Story: Oven-Broiled Chicken Thighs


An illustration of a physician wearing blue scrubs, holding their head in their hands.

Getting to the bottom of burnout in academic medicine.

Students work on projects in an engineering class

Brandeis prepares to launch an engineering major.

Hannah Snyder wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

Finding new solutions for students dealing with depression or anxiety.

Ellen Sidransky

Ellen Sidransky ’77, a clinical geneticist and pediatrician at the National Institutes of Health, has won the 2024 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her discovery of a common genetic risk factor for Parkinson’s disease.


Hannah Peters

From the very first cohort to our most-recent graduates, your collective accomplishments are a testament to the enduring values and exceptional education that define Brandeis.

Illustration of various people, a globe and books

Professors who actively engage and inspire students, whether in the classroom or through personalized guidance, can have a lifelong impact.

Three people sitting on the grass on the Brandeis campus

Philanthropy benefited all areas of the university in FY 2023, with more than 16,000 Brandeisians — alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, and Brandeis National Committee members — making gifts of all sizes.

The Brief

Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó

The Brandeis Brief

Drew Weissman ’81, GSAS MA’81, P’15, H’23, receives a Nobel Prize for COVID-19 vaccine research.

Alumni walking around campus

On a crisp autumn weekend, the university marked its 75th anniversary with a celebratory spirit equal to the momentous occasion.

Eve Marder stands with President Joe Biden as she is awarded with the National Medal of Science

The Brandeis Brief, Awards

University Professor Eve Marder ’69 and Greg Petsko, professor of biochemistry and chemistry, emeritus, have each received the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition the United States bestows on scientists and engineers

Deborah and Shlomi Matias

The Brandeis Brief

The Oct. 7 attack on Israel struck tragically close to home for many Brandeisians.

The Brandeis Brief

The Consortium for the Teaching of Hebrew Language and Culture aims to transform Hebrew language instruction in North America and create a new generation of proficient Hebrew speakers.

Celebrating noteworthy achievements by the Brandeis community.